100 Miles of Nowhere

Or 100 Miles of somewhere? I had to think long and hard before deciding that I wouldn’t be entering the 100 Miles of Nowhere this year. Very long. Very hard. (That’s what she said. What?) Two things made me disqualify myself. It is with shameful regret that I will now share those reasons with you. Do not let me dissuade you. It’s an awesome event and well worth doing! Reason 1: When I heard it was on again, I felt my butt cheeks clench Now normally, that would be a good thing. Good exercise. Clench, release. Clench, release. Glute workout …

TransAmerica video: One for the Kipper

MY KINGDOM FOR A TENT I’m a little worried. Worried that I’m enjoying the accumulation of gear a little too much. That I find too much joy in researching camping materials and gnatty little moisture wicking technologies. That I squee too hard when I find something that weighs next to nothing to put in my pack. That I bore people to tear tsunamis when I excitedly explain the twiggy-like properties of a tent to them. I’m worried that I’ll look back on this time a year from now and say: “Well, that was the best part of the trip.” Because …

Transamerica Video: Food for Thought

What am I gonna eat? This? Or this? Honestly, not really sure. Whatever’s at hand, described in the enticing menu copy of a fine diner, or glistening on the shelves of a high-class gas station. Who knows? I have procured a camp stove, so some old school open-flame stuff is gonna go down (and hopefully not come back up). The key issue is going to be the consuming enough to deal with the calories I’ll be burning. There’s some wacky math in this video, so nutrition nerds have-at-it! Basically, in trying to work out what I’m going to eat, I’m …

Guns & Blammo – TransAmerica Update

Will you be taking a gun? This is the one question I’ve had about my trip across the USA that’s taken me a little by surprise. It’s not that I haven’t thought about my personal safety – believe me, I think about it a lot and get lectured regularly when people hear I’m doing this trip solo. But for some reason, my mind doesn’t leap straight to ‘I know, I’ll take a gun’. Self-defense course? Yes, I may take that. A little street-fighter finger-to-the-eyes training. But a gun? I’m not the kind of person who should have a gun. I’d …

River Road Ride Video

A bit of a breezy day, but incredibly sunny and gorgeous Sunday. I’ve now done this route in every season and finally got some snow that wasn’t a giant slush-fest. I know I’ve said it before, but if you’re looking for a ride while visiting NYC, you could do worse than this one. Just cross over the GWB (I think the ramp is at 176th street, I’ve never really looked at the number), and instead of turning right at the end, turn left and follow the path down the hill to the start of River Road. It’s a very scenic …

Maps are Epic – TransAmerica Update

I’m completely fascinated by maps. Actual physical maps. And atlases. When I was a kid, one of the things I loved about visiting my Grandparents was going into the cupboard and pulling out the old (1962) Readers Digest World Atlas – still in the box it was shipped in – and drooling over the sheer detail (photos below). Yes, I would dream about travel and seeing the world, but mostly I would just, well, look at it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google Earth and all that fly-by and tech stuff, but there’s just something great about laying a …